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stevens died tuesday night after a mob stormed the consulate in benghazi. the violence, though, spreading not only in cairo, and you can see live pictures from egypt, it's spreading in the region and to a certain degree as well. we'll stay on top of it. that's it for us, thank you very much for watching, "ac 360" starts right now. breaking news tonight. >>> good evening, everyone. american warships and u.s. marines on the move, drones airborne. and a running battle on the streets of cairo between police and protesters outside and near the u.s. embassy and at a mosque in tahrir square. these are live pictures. late new developments in the wake of the siege there yesterday and the attack on the u.s. consulate that left four americans dead, including j. christopher stevens, the ambassador to libya who's being remembered as a dedicated and talented advocate for this country overseas. it is hard to overstate the significance of what happened last night at that american consulate in benghazi. he is the first ambassador to be killed in the line of duty in the last three decades and on
, are you looking at the scene, just outside the consulate in benghazi, as a pro american crowd tried to rush ambassador stevens, wounded, still alive, to the hospital. tonight, "360" obtains exclusive information about the climate that led up to all of this. ambassador stevens said in the month before his death, he talked about being worried what he called the never-ending security threats, specific until benghazi. the source telling us that the ambassador mentioned the rise in islamic extremism, the growing counterclaim presence in libya, that he was on an al qaeda hit list. in addition, our source tells us he e-mailed a journalist in the wake of a bombing near a consulate in june. he wrote, and i quote, maybe you head east to benghazi to check out the situation, which appears to be heating up. we don't know why, given all that ambassador stevens, why he traveled with such an apparently light security detail. did he want it that way? or did his warnings go unhead heeded, and did he and his people die because of it? we don't know. senator john mccain has criticized some of the steps
developments in the attacks on u.s. facilities in both cairo, egypt. and benghazi, libya. u.s. sources now tell cnn the attack in benghazi was actually planned in advance and the perpetrators used a protest outside the u.s. consulate in benghazi there simply as a diversion. four americans died including the united states ambassador to libya chris stevens. our foreign affairs correspondent, jill dougherty, has been working her sources to get a better idea on exactly what happened. our senior international correspondent nic robertson is monitoring the search for who's responsible. and our pentagon correspondent chris lawrence is keeping tabs on the u.s. military's response to what's going on as well. let's go to jill first. she's watching what's going on. jill, what's the latest over at the state department beyond the heartbreak of a top u.s. diplomat, three others killed? >> right, wolf. just in a few minutes we're expecting an update, a briefing on background by senior officials here at the state department. but for now this is what we know based on the conversations and what we are hearing fro
the four americans returning home, four americans killed in the attacks in benghazi, libya, returning home earlier today at andrews air force base. ♪ that this was a very complex attack involving more tars, rocket propelled grenades and small arms fire and that these militants did breach the outer perimeter of the base. now, this is down in helmand provnt. the largest marine base in afghanistan. we're confirming now that two u.s. marines have been killed, several more service members have been injured in this attack. also, we can tell you that prince harry, the royals prince harry, when he redeployed to afghanistan last week, he is now based at this base. again, the british control one side. the american control the other. we're told prince harry is not in any danger. he is there to fly british attack helicopters, the apaches. >> there were also effigies of president obama burned in afghanistan today and we've seen things like that in other places like egypt. were the attacks at the base and helmand province related? >> we asked the headquarters there in afghanistan and t
, the remains of four americans kill during the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi returned to the andrews air force base this afternoon. president obama was there and he vowed to bring justice to the men who killed them. >> even as voices of suspicious and mistrust that seek to devid countries and cultures, the united states of america will never retreat from the world. >> four people have been arrested in libya what were on the scene of the attack, but the government says they are not linked to the murders. that investigation continues and we have a live report on that now. arwa damon is with me from benghazi tonight and i know you had a chance to go to the consulate there. what did you see? >> reporter: it was really quite chilling, horrifying to be walking through some of the buildings there just imagining what had transpired, taken place. they were all burnt. there was black soot covering the walls. ashes over some of the furniture, the chandeliers. there was debris all over the floor. looters also had moved in after the attack took place pillaging this compound that even after the as
.s. marines are speeding to benghazi where they will help secure the u.s. consulate where the attack occurred. jill dougherty joins us now. >> reporter: officials here at the state department are beginning to piece together the details, but this is what we know. we have been speaking to them all morning long. what they say is essentially you had three things going on. you had the basic demonstration by regular libyans, but then you had a very targeted attack on the attack in benghazi by these heavy heavily-armed militants. we understand there were a couple dozen of them. they were using rpgs. very serious attack. as they attack the consulate, it starts a fire. and that is where the story with the ambassador comes in. the ambassador, mr. stevens, had been in benghazi temporarily. he's normally in the capital tripoli. also shawn smith, 10-year veteran, was also there on a temporary assignment. they were inside that consulate. fire breaks out. there are now three people along with one security person into a safe room. that safe room becomes filled with smoke and so at least ambassador stevens, p
home, four americans killed in the attacks in benghazi, libya, returning home earlier today at andrews air force base. ♪ >>> this is the scene in cairo, a tense standoff between police and protesters. and across the muslim world, the rage is boiling over. u.s. embassy and consulates under siege in the middle east. africa and even asia, crowds in the street lashing out at america over a video mocking islam. i'm wolf blitzer in for piers morgan. there is fear and uncertainty tonight over where this crisis is heading. this map shows the unrest spreading to more than a dozen nations. in sudan, a chilling image on a day where mobs tore into the u.s. and german embassy compounds. tonight the sus sending marines there to reinforce security at the embassy. in pakistan, a disturbing and familiar scene as the crowd burns the american flag. and in tunisia, black smoke rises from the compound. >> and two marines are dead at a military base where prince harry is now stationed as well. back home an emotional service at joint base andrews for the arrival of the bodies of the four america
're learning about the attack tonight as well as other late developments out of benghazi. a large pro-democracy march on the headquarters of an extremist islamic group in benghazi. first, the breaking news about how the two former s.e.a.l.s perished and how far they went to save other american lives. joining us now to flesh out her exclusive reporting, cnn contributor and former homeland security advisor, fran townsend. fran currently serves on the cia external advisory committee and recently visited libya with her employer, mcandrews forbes. also with us, arwa damon, who has been breaking news all week for us from benghazi. so fran, what have we learned about these two navy s.e.a.l.s? initially a former s.e.a.l.s, it was thought they were there to protect the ambassador. that's not the case. >> that's not the case, anderson. they are part of this protective security contractor force. these two contractors -- the contractors generally are recruited from elite special forces because of their training and experience. in the case of doherty, he had served in iraq and afghanistan. these w
the latest on the wave of protests. joining us arwa damon and ben wedeman. arwa, what's going on in benghazi right now? >> reporter: well, the situation is pretty tense. just about every single libyan that we have been speaking to of course expressing their horror, their outrage about tuesday's attack, saying this most certainly is not indicative of how libyans themselves feel but also really wanting to see their own government begin to take control, begin to rein in these various militias. the government for its part now does believe, says it's 100% confident that tuesday's attack was carried out by extremist group or groups. they say they detained four people, not disclosing which group they were affiliated with but they were also say they go believe this attack was preplanned, intended to inflict damage to drive an irrepairable wedge between the libyans and americans. >> arwa, earlier you walked through what remains of that u.s. consulate in benghazi where ambassador stevens and the three other americans were killed in tuesday's attack and you sent us dramatic video. walk us through what
the u.s. diplomatic mission in benghazi, libya, was under attack. searches for the british monitoring group called it a well-planned assault that occurred in two ways. the sources said the attack involved a group of about 20 militants and included heavy artillery, machine guns, and rocket-propelled grenades. by morning, it was confirmed that four american diplomats, including the u.s. ambassador to libya, christopher stevens, were killed in the attack. that makes stevens the first ambassador killed in the line of duty since 1988, when arnold raphael, the ambassador to pakistan, died alongside the president of pakistan in an unexplained plane crash. president obama addressed the nation from the white house rose garden this morning. about 50 u.s. marines were deployed to libya and two u.s. warships are headed towards the libyan coast. secretary of state hillary clinton addressed the sad irony of the attacks in the wake of the u.s. support of the libyan revolution. >> today many americans are asking, indeed, i asked myself, how could this happen? how could this happen in a country we hel
-cocked. part of why governor romney looked bad responding to the tragedy in benghazi, he seemed like he was too political and too opportunistic. it could be here that the president was a little too cool. i don't think in his defense for a minute he would say that the murder of an ambassador and other american personnel, much less all the other folks who have died in that region, is just a bump in the road. i think what he's trying to do is show everybody that we're on this, the united states is doing well and you know, i think that's a kind of typical no drama obama response. >> alex, is that what it is, the cool head of the president? >> i think there's something to that, but i think there's also a little more, and that is that this president's great strength is his intellect. he lives inside his head and his ideas. and part of it is he doesn't really feel your pain like paul's former boss, bill clinton, but he can memorize a study about it, you know. people are distant from this president. there's a certain sense of arrogance to this white house that they're just detached from it and i think
, on the killing of ambassador christopher stevens and three others in benghazi, libya on 9/11, on what the state department and others may have known about the security situation the days and weeks leading up to their killing, on what leading members of the government have said about their circumstances of the tragedy and whether their statements have lacked clarity or transparency, and of course, on who killed these four dedicated americans. that's where we've always believed the focus should be. however, because cnn discovered ambassador stevens' seven-page journal in what remains of the consulate in benghazi three days after the attack and because it became one source for some of our reporting, questions about the use and handling of that journal have been raised, as you probably heard. as you probably heard this weekend, the u.s. state department spokesman blasted cnn, calling the network's behavior quote, disgusting and our handling of the journal quote, indefensible. now, no one likes to be called disgusting, particularly by a spokesperson for the united states state department. but we do
department hired to guard the benghazi consulate. they asked matthew olsen the question in a hearing this week. blue mountain is a private security group out of wales to hire and vet the guards. they had a contract worth half million. indication of guards casing the consulate was revealed on a gaming website where he went by the name vile rat. assuming we don't die tonight, we saw one of our quote police that guard the compound taking picture. it could be the libyan government police. and the anti-islamic. there is increasing evidence that this group is with al-qaida. the fbi is looking to the american personnel moved one while away were ambushed and that may mean they were kill would by attackers. now to the reporters told that the jewish state would be. he flew to thinationination assembly meeting. rick leavenat this time -- at the jerusalem bureau. >> all of this war talk is fueling tension here. rame rails -- few israelies want more. but the iranian military said it is prepared for israel to strike and has plenty of new weapons and hard ware. it is missiles and a mobile air defen
ambassador stevens' seven-page journal in what remains of the consulate in benghazi three days after the attacknd b it became one source for some of our reporting, questions about the use and handling oft journal haveeen raised,s you probably heard. as you probably heard this weekend, the u.s. state spkesman blasted cnn, calli the network's behavior quote, disgusting and our handling of thernal quote, indensible. w, no onlikes be called disgusting, particularly by a spespers f united states state deptment. but do invite you and tem t ho us to the sametandards that whold others and try every night to meet ourselves. out of respect for his family, we have not quoted from his journal, not once. ambassador stevens' journal. it was not e-mailed around the newsroom as the u.s. state department spokesman said it was. remember, cnn discovered the journal three days after the assault. arwa damon, one of the best war correspondents i ever worked with who reported for years at great personal risk to herself, discovered the journal. why was the journal significant? well, at the time that cnn d
saw dignity in the people that he met. and two weeks ago, he traveled to benghazi to review plans to establish a new cultural center and modernize a hospital. that's when america's compound came under attack. >> that's the first we learned about exactly what stevens was doing in benghazi, a city the u.s. had been warned was not safe. and the president continued in his speech vowing to find the killers. >> the attacks on the civilians in benghazi were attacks on america. we are grateful for the assistance we received from the libyan government, and from the libyan people. there should be no doubt that we will be relentless in tracking down the killers and bringing them to justice. >> relentless in tracking down the killers, and bringing them to justice. it's a promise. but does that promise add up? it has been 14 days since the american ambassador to libya and three other americans were killed. and we still don't know why, and we still don't know who did it. and what we do know, from our reporting here at cnn, is this. in terms of a warning, three days before stevens was killed, th
at the u.s. consulate in benghazi. libya's prime minister now acknowledging that the attack was pre-planned. you'll recall from "360's" exclusive reporting last night, they talked about never-ending security threats in benghazi. a source familiar with ambassador stevens' thinking telling us the ambassador specifically mentioned the rise in islamic extremism, the growing al qaeda presence in libya and said he was on an al qaeda hit list. today the secretary of state hillary clinton was asked about that notion. >> i have absolutely no information or reason to believe that there's any basis for that. >> her remarks notwithstanding, we think our reporting is solid and our own people have been digging deeper, including arwa damon, who has been in benghazi with the breaking news. arwa, first to you, there is still a disagreement between the u.s. andibyan governments over whether or not the benghazi attacks were pre-planned. you interviewed the libyan prime minister earlier today. what can you tell us? >> reporter: well, the prime minister was telling us they do, in fact, at this stage bel
consulate in benghazi was a deliberate and organized terrorist assault carried out by extremists affiliated or sympathetic with al qaeda, a flat statement just issued. let's discuss the political fallout in our strategy session. joining us now, the democratic strategist and cnn political contributor donna brazile, along with david frum, contributing editor at "the daily beast" and "newsweek." david, a powerful statement just released by the director of national intelligence. it totally contradicts what the administration was saying in the days that immediately followed the killing of ambassador stevens and the three other americans. what do you make of this? >> totally supports what my colleague reported three days ago who was the first with this story. what it makes is the american ambassador dead, the administration's first impulse was to find ways to cover itself and avoid acknowledging the mistake the ambassador had completely inadequate security in a dangerous place. and it did that by pitting on this youtube video of the maker on his way to prison and charged under other offenses. in
apart from other nations. this was their work in benghazi and this is the work we will carry on. >> president obama today talking of the mission that so many americans do and what four american died doing. we put them front and center tonight. ambassador christopher stevens, sean smith, glen doherty and tyrone woods. joining me on the phone is ambassador stevens' stepfather. i am so sorry for your loss and please extend our condolences to your entire family. what do you want people to know about your stepson? >> well, i think what you learn today, it tells me what his legacy was at the anderson air force base when the caskets were brought back, 800 members of the state department were there and the president for the first time he spoke at one of these ceremonial dignified transfers and secretary clinton spoke and they all expressed the understanding that chris's commitment to libya and to the country has left a legacy that will live after him. so this is what i'd like people to know, that he was beloved by his colleagues in the state department and from the people of libya. the
take. the images of the american embassy burning in benghazi might have conjured up memories of tehran in 1979,but the analogy is false. in libya, the government is not fomenting anti-americanism. it's lamb meanting it. the violence there appears to have been the work of small extremist elements that lack much popular support. but the storm has spread from libya. across the middle east there have been protests rallying against the united states and the west in general. even in these places, however, keep in mind that these crowds number in the hundreds, perhaps thousands. in countries with tens of millions of people. they make for vivid images be u they don't tell the whole story. what can we say about these places and protests? first in many of these countries, particularly those that have toppled dictatorships, the most important reality is not of bad government but of weak government. in libya, yemen, and even egypt, the state has lost its ability to control its public. in a sense, this might be progress. egypt didn't see protests like this before because mubarak's regime would arre
, ambassador stevens talked about the never-ending security threats in benghazi. the ambassador specifically mentioned the rise of islamic extremism, the growing al qaeda presence in libya and said he was an on al qaeda hit list. the secretary of state, hilary clinton, asked about that notion. >> i have absolutely no information or reason to believe that there is any basis for that. >> her remarks notwithstanding, we think our reporting is solid and our own people have been digging deeper, including arwa damon, has been in benghazi with breaking news, and elise lab bot in washington. ar wa, there is still a disagreement between the libyan and u.s. governments on whether the attacks were replanned. what can you tell us? >> the prime minister believes this was not a spontaneous event. they are saying so far, eight people are in custody who were directly linked to this attack and that they are in pursuit of others, especially in pursuit of the leadership. however, those individuals are a coalition of different individuals with different affiliations with the extremist vein running within them.
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